Greetings, Orthodox brethren.
I am a Coptic Catholic who translated to the Catholic Church from Coptic Orthodoxy about 5 years ago. I translated (not converted) to the Catholic Faith not in rejection of my Coptic Orthodox heritage, but merely by a rejection of years of misconceptions about the Catholic Church that I had imbibed.
As a Copt, I adhere to the paradigm expressed here:
"The Alexandrian Fathers used theological terms to explain the divine truths and their deep meanings, and to defend the Orthodox faith against heresies, but they were not enslaved to the terms themselves. St. Athanasius who devoted his life to defending Christ's Godhead stated that disputes merely about words must not be suffered to divide those who think alike."http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/t...church3-1.html
I do believe much of the tension between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (both Eastern and Oriental) are based on a misunderstanding of each others' theological language. In view of that, I would like to start a series of threads to uncover the Faith that unites us.
To wit: Is the Immaculate Conception a heresy, or an acceptable theologoumenon? What is the Coptic Orthodox understanding of the Catholic teaching on the Immaculate Conception? Can we come to a common ground on the matter?